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is: do you have pigeon religion? >> [laughing] >> joyce: can the dove live at your house? or is there too much arguing and bickering and banging and slamming going on? come on. man, you guys are quiet. whoo. >> [laughing] >> joyce: the holy spirit is your unseen guest there all the time. he lives in you. he's promised to never leave you nor forsake you. we don't want to offend the holy spirit. don't have pigeon religion. make the dove comfortable all the time. in the book of acts, the early christians were told to go wait in an upper room until the spirit, or the promise of the father, would come from on high. and they waited, they waited for this special outpouring of the spirit that jesus said he would send. and in acts 2 it says, "and when the time had fully come, suddenly like a mighty wind, the spirit came into the room and tongues of fire settled on each of them and they all began to speak in other languages." now i'm not gonna not give a long dissertation on the doctrine of speaking in tongues, but i do want to say that it's very interesting to me that the first ar
of religion, they can be some of the worst tongue waggers in the whole world because they see themselves as being so religious that they then begin to look down on other people. and they have a criticism or a judgment about everything that everybody does. and so the bible is making it very clear. the apostle james is making it very clear. if you think you're religious, if you've think you're spiritual or if you think you're spiritually mature and you do not bridle your tongue, then you're deceived and your religious service is futile and in vain. i don't think it makes any difference to god how much we gather in our churches and in our buildings and we sing these beautiful worship songs if we're going to go out of here and curse men out of the same mouth that we just got finished praising god out of. >> [applauding] >> joyce: and i tell ya, i don't know about you, but for me, i'm glad i'm preaching on this this weekend because i need reminders in this area all the time. how many of you would probably say that more than any other area in your life, your mouth gets you in trouble? you know
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